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When a Good Thing Becomes a God Thing



“The human heart is an idol factory that takes good things like a successful career, love, material possessions, even family, and turns them into ultimate things. Our hearts deify them as the center of our lives, because, we think, they can give us significance and security, safety and fulfillment, if we attain them.”
 Timothy J. Keller in Counterfeit Gods


I have a love/hate relationship with Keller’s quote.  I love it because it is so very true, but on the other hand I hate it because it is so very true of my own heart.

As Mark Driscoll puts it, an idol is a good thing
that ends up becoming a God thing.

Y’all I would be lying a big fat lie if I don’t confess that along this adoption process it has been so hard not to make adoption an idol.

Adoption is a good thing, a thing that God loves
but, it can so easily become an idol.

Between endless hours of paperwork,
months of home study visits,
fundraising,
saving every penny,
and waiting,
and waiting some more,
and waiting even more,
I am often consumed by the process,
longing to have our little one forever in our arms.

It’s a daily struggle
one that I am continually bringing before the Lord.

So weary friends, I want to encourage you 
whether you are waiting for a baby
or longing to be married, 
or whatever that idol is,
lay it at the Father’s feet,
because He is the only one that can truly satisfy the deepest longings of your soul.

2 comments

  1. Oh, Leah, your transparency is just beautiful! I will join you in trusting Christ for your baby as you wait on Him!!! I'm so blessed to "meet" you, & so glad Ben was working when I ran in to pick up my glasses. There are no accidents with God!

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  2. Oh, Leah, your transparency is just beautiful! I will join you in trusting Christ for your baby as you wait on Him!!! I'm so blessed to "meet" you, & so glad Ben was working when I ran in to pick up my glasses. There are no accidents with God!

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